Carbon County, Wyoming

Carbon County, Wyoming

Infobox U.S. County
county = Carbon County
state = Wyoming

map size = 250
founded = 1868
seat = Rawlins | area_total_sq_mi =7964
area_land_sq_mi = 7896
area_water_sq_mi =68
area percentage = 0.85%
census yr = 2000
pop = 15639
density_km2 =1
web =

Carbon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of 2000, the population was 15,639. Its county seat is RawlinsGR|6.


Carbon County was organized in 1868.

Prior to that, about 3,400 sq miles in the center of Carbon County were once part of the Republic of Texas (1835-1845) and part of the State of Texas until 1852 when the northern most part of that state was ceded to the Federal Government. This area is defined by the 42nd parallel on the north, and straight lines south from there to the headwaters of the Arkansas river on the east and the headwaters of the Rio Grande on the west. The documents defining that area include the Adams-Onís Treaty of 1819, the 1824 Constitution of Mexico, and the 1845 [ "Joint Resolution for the Admission of the State of Texas into the Union"] .


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 7,964 square miles (20,627 km²), of which, 7,896 square miles (20,451 km²) of it is land and 68 square miles (176 km²) of it (0.85%) is water.

Adjacent counties

* Sweetwater County, Wyoming - west
* Fremont County, Wyoming - northwest
* Natrona County, Wyoming - north
* Converse County, Wyoming - northeast
* Albany County, Wyoming - east
* Jackson County, Colorado - southeast
* Routt County, Colorado - south
* Moffat County, Colorado - southwest


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 15,639 people, 6,129 households, and 4,130 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 8,307 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.11% White, 0.67% Black or African American, 1.27% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 5.17% from other races, and 2.05% from two or more races. 13.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.1% were of German, 11.8% English, 10.0% Irish and 8.9% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 6,129 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.10% were married couples living together, 8.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.60% were non-families. Of 6,129 households, 364 were unmarried partner households: 318 heterosexual, 41 same-sex male, and 5 same-sex female.

27.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.10% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 28.40% from 25 to 44, 26.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 115.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 118.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,060, and the median income for a family was $41,991. Males had a median income of $31,603 versus $21,451 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,375. About 9.80% of families and 12.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.60% of those under age 18 and 14.80% of those age 65 or over.





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Further reading

*Bartos, T.T. et al. (2006). "Water resources of Carbon County, Wyoming" [Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5027] . Reston, VA: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
*Hettinger, R.D. and J.G. Honey. (2006). "Geologic map and coal stratigraphy of the Doty Mountain quadrangle, eastern Washakie Basin, Carbon County, Wyoming" [Scientific Investigations Map 2925] . Reston, VA: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.

External links

* [ National Register of Historic Places listing for Carbon Co., Wyoming]

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